‘Kuwaiti government satisfied by quality of education in India’
Situation will improve soon, says MHRD Prakash Javadekar
Pune: While the situation of Indian engineers in Kuwait remains unchanged, Minister of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Prakash Javadekar has said that the situation is likely to improve soon.
Sakal Times had reported early this month that over 15,000 Indian engineers in Kuwait are fearing job losses, as the Kuwaiti government has announced an amendment in academic qualification norms. According to this, the renewed visa will be provided to those engineers who have degree certificates from colleges in India recognised by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) only. Only 15-20 per cent of engineering colleges in India have NBA accreditation.
“We are working closely with the minister of external affairs. A committee from the Kuwaiti government had visited India recently. They had visited the engineering colleges as well. We had a dialogue with them and they were satisfied with the methodology of teaching and learning in our institutions,” said Javadekar, while he was in the city for a district-level meeting at Council Hall on Monday.
He added, “We have conveyed to them that AICTE approves colleges have a prerequisite of basic qualification to provide a standard education. Therefore, all colleges under this umbrella are qualified enough and can be considered as the government recognised colleges. We have provided a list of these colleges to Kuwaiti government.”
Even, the Ministry of External Affairs and AICTE have replied the same previously. However, the condition of engineers does not seem to hit normalcy anytime soon.
“I have lowered my designation now to sustain my employment here. But they have cancelled my driving licence,” said an engineer, who has been working in Kuwait for a decade now. Similar is the condition of thousands of engineers, who have been working there for two decades at least. They have expressed that if the condition prevails, they may have to return to India soon.